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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1658] (175/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Dealings o£
the Mo'tam-
Daulali witli
Taqi Khan,
chief, 1840-
southern districts under his jurisdiction. His first demands were addres
sed to Muhammad Taqi Khan, the principal chief of the Chaharlang
division of the Bakhtiyari tribe ; who had his seat at Qa^leh Tul, and
whom he required to pay immediately an instalment of 10,000 Tumans,
or about £5,000, on account of revenue arrears. Alarming suspicions were
insinuated by the Mo ; tamad of the chieFs being disloyal to the Shah,
because he had refused to honour Persian Government drafts drawn on
him, and of his maintaining a treasonable correspondence with refugee
Persian princes at Baghdad.
Muhammad Taqi Khan was unable, had he even been willing, to
furnish at such short notice the large sum required of him j but he
hesitated to defy the Governor, and eventually allowed him to pass
unmolested through the Bakhtiyari mountains with a force consist
ing of one regiment of regular Persian infantry—that of Khoi, 1,000
mounted Ghulams, some well armed Cavalry, and three small field pieces
with 150 artillerymen. A meeting then took place, in February 1841,
on the plain of Mai-Amir, where the Mohamad and Muhammad Taqi
Khan remained encamped together for about six weeks, during which
the former continued to press his conditions for a settlement and the
latter to resist them as best he could. The Mohamad had been preceded
at Mai-Amir by Baron de Bode, the First Secretary of the Russian
Legation at Tehran, who remained with him there for a few days.
Muhammad Taqi Khan had collected a force of about 5,000 men as
against the Mo^tamad^s ^,500 ; it included, besides his own Bakhtiyaris^
Arabs from the plains about Shashtar and even from the banks of the
Jarrahi. Had he chosen to take the Mohamad at a disadvantage, lie
might, perhaps, have destroyed him and his whole force,
The Mohamad eventually left for Shushtar, to collect the revenue of
the low countries, without having settled the affairs of Muhammad Taqi
Khan; but, soon after his arrival at his destination, he summoned that chief
to appear before him. Muhammad Taqi Khan refused to obey ; and the
Mohamad, after formally proclaiming him a rebel, prepared to march
against him. These proceedings so alarmed the Bakhtiyari chief that
he weakly placed his eldest son and one of his nephews in the hands of
the Mohamad as hostages for his loyalty; this he did in consideration of
an oath taken by the Mohamad to abandon his expedition, if it were
done^ and return with his troops to Isfahan, Manuchehr Khan, however)
who had in the meanwhile obtained a reinforcement of two regiments of
Persian infantry and some artillery besides the help of the Faili Lurs and
of some Arab Shaikhs^ was only acting with his usual perfidy ; and bo

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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